Popular buggy walks planned for other parts of South Glos

September 26 2013

BUGGY walks in Emersons Green have proved so popular that they are to be copied in other parts of South Gloucestershire

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BUGGY walks in Emersons Green have proved so popular that they are to be copied in other parts of South Gloucestershire.

The fortnightly Emersons Green buggy walks have seen a steady rise in the number of parents attending with their puschchairs. Over the last four months the number of people attending the walks has risen from 16 to 90, and around a third of walkers each outing are parents taking part for the first time.

Now the district’s Walking for Health team plans to run buggy walks in Cadbury Heath, Kingswood and Patchway.

They are looking for volunteers to help lead the walks, including those in Emersons Green.

Buggy walks are a free sociable activity for parents and grandparents of babies up to 18 months old. Walks last around an hour, and are usually followed by a cuppa in a local venue where mums and dads can feed their babies and have a chat. There are also occasional information sessions covering a range of subjects including child injury prevention in the home, pre and post natal exercise and library services for young children.

The Emersons Green buggy walking group meets outside Emersons Green Library at 10am on the first and third Wednesday of each month. The next Emersons Green walk takes place on Wednesday October 2. The next information session will take place on Wednesday October 16 where the council’s road safety team will give a talk on child car seat safety following the buggy walk.

Organisers say parents have reported that taking part in the walks can help relieve the daily stress of being at home with baby and that they have lifted their mood by getting out in the fresh air and being able to talk to other mums and dads about parenthood.

For more information visit www.southglos.gov.uk/buggywalks

If you are interested in leading a buggy walk please contact 01454 868006 or email healthylifestyles@southglos.gov.uk